About Christine Candelaria

Christine Candelaria is a local mom of four who enjoys sharing her Santa Cruz adventures. You can follow her #santacruzlife on Instagram at @theaumsmama.

This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 22nd – 24th, 2019

This weekend, Santa Cruz celebrates symphony, theater, film, and chowdah!

The event lineup features two days of clam chowder tasting, a four-day adrenaline-packed film festival, and a wide variety of musical, theatrical, and dance performances to choose from.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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This Weekend in Santa Cruz: February 15th – 17th, 2019

Sunset Girls

It’s looking like a cold, wet weekend…perfect for enjoying the great indoors.

But you don’t have to stay cooped up at home. There’s a local brewery anniversary to celebrate, the final weekend of a highly-recommended play, and Friendship Day activities to keep you warm and dry.

Don’t miss a chance to rock out with a local celebrity, or you can get into the Valentines mood with a night at the opera.

See our picks for the top events each day this weekend:

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Santa Cruz Backpacking Tours: Roughing It With an Expert Guide by Your Side

santa cruz backpacking tours 2019

Photo by @genghis_johnn

Are you ready for the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains experience?

Better yet, want an expert tour guide by your side?

Naturalist-led Santa Cruz backpacking tours are being offered again this year by California State Parks, from June through August. These 2-3 night trips offer the classic Santa Cruz backpacking experience, with the added bonus of being led by a knowledgeable State Park professional.

There are three backpacking trips to choose from, some of which take you through lesser known portions of our state parks.

Last year’s tours sold out, and we expect this year’s to sell out quickly as well. The video below gives a great overview of the tours:

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